Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, non-invasive, and FDA-approved treatment for depression and other brain health issues. It uses magnetic pulses similar to an MRI to stimulate parts of the brain that regulate mood. The pulses encourage the brain to form new neural connections, alleviating your depression symptoms in as little as four weeks. Some of the most common uses at our clinic include:
We use NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS to treat our patients. NeuroStar TMS has the largest clinical data set of any TMS treatment, including studies with over 900 participants. Clinical trials show 7 out of 10 patients respond to TMS, and 50 percent will achieve long-term remission. We’ve seen these same results with our own patients! This is a safe, alternative depression treatment without drugs and one of the best TMS therapies available.
Our doctors and staff administer safe and non-invasive TMS treatment in our clinics. You’ll typically undergo TMS therapy sessions five days a week for four to six weeks. The length varies depending on your individualized treatment plan. Each session lasts 19-37 minutes.
Yes! TMS is a safe and FDA approved depression treatment. TMS treats your depression without drugs, so it doesn’t have the long list of systemic side effects associated with traditional antidepressant medications. It also is NOT ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), and it does not have the memory loss, confusion, and other side effects associated with ECT.
More than 1.6 million NeuroStar TMS therapy treatments have been performed, and less than 5 percent of patients reported any side effects. The most common side effect is a headache right after TMS treatment, which goes away after the first week of sessions for most people.
We administer NeuroStar TMS through a coil positioned gently on your head. You’ll feel a light tapping throughout your treatment session while wearing the coil. TMS treatment does not affect your alertness or memory, and you’re free to go about your day after our session.
Over 300 million patients have insurance plans that cover TMS treatment. Check with your provider about your coverage. Many insurance providers, such as Medicare, have certain conditions you must meet for TMS treatment eligibility. Medicare in 11 states covers TMS therapy after one medication failure.
We advocate for you when working with insurance companies, allowing you to receive the alternative depression treatment you deserve. Work with our friendly staff to find solutions to your coverage questions.